Contents of status bar not available to programs such as "AutoIt"




14 years ago
9 years ago


(Reporter: jimg, Unassigned)


1.5.0.x Branch
Windows 2000

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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0

With IE the word "Done" is viewable by AutoIt V3 with:

Statusbargettext("title","Done"); (returns "Done" when string contains word, 0

There is apparently a 6 parameter "Status Bar Text" record available to the
system for the active window.

I have many automated scripts to do searches, etc. that fail because they can't
determine when a page is completely loaded.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. You could download and run AutoIt Window Spy for an example.
Extensions with chrome privs can access window properties.  Web pages can't, for
good reason.  I'm not sure what this is supposed to be.
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Comment 3

13 years ago
I'm not a system programmer, but there is apparently an OS system call to return
the contents of the browser status bar.  In my case, I use AutoIt3 to automate
some web activity, and knowing when the page is loaded is crucial to operation.
 I'm currently using IE for such scripts.

AutoIt3 is a scripting language having no implicit connection to a browser - the
browser is just another window from which Autoit can send keystrokes, retrieve
status, and read contents.  It is able to access status information from many
windows including Eudora, Newsbin, CuteFTP,Crimson Editor, and all MS programs.
 It doesn't work for Photoshop or Autocad either.

I have no idea what chrome privileges are on a Windows PC, nor how to assign
them to my program.  I'm working under an administrator login.
Version: unspecified → 1.5 Branch

Comment 4

13 years ago
External applications do not have access to internal structures, as used in the
statusbar. There is no such thing as a "OS system call" to achieve this.

Comment 5

13 years ago
I don't pretend to understand how this stuff works.  All I know is that an
application called AutoIt3 can read the contents of the status bar of a window.
 In the case of a blank IE window, status field one is "Done" ,two thru five are
blank, and six is "Internet".  For a blank WordPad window, field one is "Press
F1 for help" and 2-3 are blank.  So, not only can an application read the
contents of another windows' status bar, but it can determine how many fields
are available.

It's one thing to have a minor problem that needs addressing.  It's another to
get denial that the problem exists.  Just go to,
download/install the program, open "Window Spy", and look at the differences
between IE and Firefox.
Assignee: bross2 → nobody
Severity: major → normal

Comment 6

12 years ago
It's really too bad this bug can't be addressed, as it forces me to use IE for a large fraction of my day.
Jim, do you have the same problem with Firefox What about with the latest trunk nightly?
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Comment 8

12 years ago
It is still a problem with and with 3.0a5pre
This bug was reported on Firefox 2.x or older, which is no longer supported and will not be receiving any more updates. I strongly suggest that you update to Firefox 3.6.3 or later, update your plugins (flash, adobe, etc.), and retest in a new profile. If you still see the issue with the updated Firefox, please post here. Otherwise, please close as RESOLVED > WORKSFORME
No reply, INCOMPLETE. Please retest with Firefox 3.6.x or later and a new profile ( If you continue to see this issue with the newest firefox and a new profile, then please comment on this bug.
Last Resolved: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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